en·camp·ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt , en- \

Definition of encampment 

1a : the place where a group (such as a body of troops) is encamped

b : the individuals that make up an encampment

2 : the act of encamping : the state of being encamped

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Synonyms for encampment


bivouac, camp, campground, campsite, hutment

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Examples of encampment in a Sentence

a recreational area that will serve as this year's encampment for the Scouts' jamboree

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The court extended a previous suspension of the encampment's demolition until a hearing no later than Aug. 15. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 12, 2018," 12 July 2018 Following the raid on the Occupy ICE encampment last week, some are questioning whether the police’s use of bikes to push and direct protesters was appropriate. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Israel says the structures that make up the Khan al-Ahmar encampment were illegally built and pose a threat to residents because of their proximity to a highway. Fox News, "Activists protest planned West Bank demolition," 4 July 2018 Some city commissioners had visited the encampment in recent days to express their support for the protesters. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Portland ICE facility protesters moved by Homeland Security agents," 28 June 2018 At the encampment, visitors will see infantry, cavalry and artillery units. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Civil War Days event in Lake County shows many sides of the 1860s experience," 20 June 2018 Homeless encampments have been blamed for fouling the American River, and for contributing to hepatitis outbreaks elsewhere in the state. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people lack bathrooms in Sacramento. Here's where they may get new facilities," 3 July 2018 But that October, court papers say, the officials caught a break: A young American citizen, a former student at Columbia University, quietly reached out to them from Syria, only hours after fleeing an Islamic State encampment. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "A Second Chance for an Ivy League ISIS Recruit," 28 June 2018 In Dilley, Texas, a facility was built on a remote site that was once an oil workers' encampment. CBS News, "Trump administration calls for expanded use of immigrant family detention," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of encampment

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of encampment was in 1598

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en·camp·ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt \

Kids Definition of encampment

1 : the act of making a camp

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